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Toward a deliberative curriculum
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden. (Utbildning och Demokrati)
2015 (English)In: Nordic Journal of Studies in Educational Policy, ISSN 1654-2290, E-ISSN 2245-0157, Vol. 1, no 1Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this paper, I introduce a deliberative understanding of the formation of the curriculum and school subjects, going beyond a view of subjects as distinctive and prescribed purpose-built enterprises. The basic idea of a deliberative curriculum is developed in relation to curriculum theory and didactics (didaktik), and the disposition of the paper is as follows: I begin by presenting a short conceptual overview of curriculum history,based on Pinar’s (1978) threefold categorization. I then present what I term ‘didactic typologies’, implyingdifferent interpretations concerning the formation of curriculum and the content of school subjects. I exemplify the need for a problematization of curriculum by analyzing a recent article by Zongyi Deng (2009) on how to deal with curriculum questions at different levels with reference to ‘liberal studies’, in which he claims ‘that a school subject is a distinctive purpose-built enterprise’. I then make an extended case for what I call, with reference to Null (2011), a ‘deliberative curriculum’, and try to analyze some of the characteristics and consequences of this perspective for curriculum making, teachers’ professionalism, and classroom activities.Finally, I link and exemplify these three areas to the recent Swedish educational and curriculum history.

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Uppsala: Co-Action Publishing , 2015. Vol. 1, no 1
Keyword [en]
Deliberative curriculum, didactic typologies, Schwab, Reid, Westbury
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Social Sciences Pedagogy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-46776DOI: 10.3402/nstep.v1.26558OAI: diva2:873782
Available from: 2015-11-24 Created: 2015-11-24 Last updated: 2016-10-05Bibliographically approved

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